On October 13, 2011, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) observed International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2011, by hosting a youth and child friendly exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre, Sophia.

The exhibition commemorated with an opening ceremony which featured speeches and presentations from key persons such as the Director General, Colonel (retired) Chabilall Ramsarup, CDC, Ms. Dorothy Fraser, Secretary General, Guyana Red Cross Society (GRCS) and a dramatic presentation entitled “Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction”, by the Peer Educators of Youth Challenge Guyana.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction will be celebrated on October 13, this year under the Theme: "Making Youth Partners for Disaster Risk Reduction."  The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) conducted a number of activities, targeting young children and youths in keeping with this theme.

Nominations are now open for the CDEMA 20th Anniversary Awards. As part of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) 20th anniversary, twenty awards will be presented to individuals and institutions whose long term efforts have fundamentally changed the delivery of disaster management in the region for the better. Deadline for nominations – October 26, 2011. Click here for nomination form and guidelines.

The Valley, Anguilla – TsunamiReady Anguilla!  In keeping with the mandate of the Department of Disaster Management to follow a Comprehensive Disaster Management programme in building awareness of ALL the hazard threats that may affect Anguilla. Anguilla is attempting to become the first English Speaking Caribbean Country to be recognized as Tsunami Ready.

Bridgetown, Barbados, August 27, 2011 (CDEMA) - A shipment of relief supplies from the CARICOM regional Warehouse in Jamaica left Kingston today (Saturday, August 27, 2011) for hurricane impacted Acklins and Mayaguana Islands in the Bahamas.

The islands in the southeastern Bahamas received significant wind damage during the passage of Hurricane Irene.  More than 90% of the houses in the Lovely Bay Community in Acklins were damaged and on Mayaguana, 40 household or approximately 50% of the population have been affected.  Downed power lines have disrupted power and there has also been flooding in some areas.


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